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Post: #1   PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:27 am Reply with quote
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My wife is going into hospital next week for an operation in Nicosia. Might sound daft but do they provide meals? Or do I have to bring her food every day. Also visiting times, I assume it's set times.Any advice would be appreciated as we're a bit in the dark on this one.
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Post: #2   PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:00 am Reply with quote
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IJM wrote:
My wife is going into hospital next week for an operation in Nicosia. Might sound daft but do they provide meals? Or do I have to bring her food every day. Also visiting times, I assume it's set times.Any advice would be appreciated as we're a bit in the dark on this one.


Yes they provide meals, but theres nothing stopping you from taking something in, if the foods not to her taste, visiting times are set, but they are relaxed about you popping in.. nothing like the UK where there's often a two visiter at a time rule, ive been visiting friends, where ive seen up to ten visitors around the bed Shocked all the best to your wife.

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Post: #3   PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:30 am Reply with quote
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food was rarely edible when I had a stay at Famagusta Hospital. It was bland and tasteless and they wouldn't provide sauces or S & P or lemon.

Everything else was fantastic and compared well with UK hospitals in fact they were a lot better.
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Post: #4   PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:49 pm Reply with quote
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Food was good for my stay in Nicosia General, especially the toasted cheese sandwich some hours after a Stent procedure💓
My wife wasn't quite so happy with the food during her two very prolonged stays in Nicosia General for major heart surgery and spinal injury treatment. Nurses and retired nurses like my wife are not in any case the best patients and after six months or so the food in any institution can become just a little uninspiring.

WARNING. The ladies who serve the food get so many complaints, some real but most imagined from patients that if you say that you like what they serve you'll end up with double portions of everything🙀

ALTERNATIVES. Hospital shop/Kafeneon by the main entrance does a pretty good hot sandwich + pastries + jellies + cakes. There's a Zorba's bakery which does midday and perhaps evening hot meals a short distance from the hospital roundabout, 2nd turn off roundabout from hospital road and on the left of dual carriage way heading for Latsia. Plenty of eateries/take aways across the road from the hospital in the shopping mall, usual stuff Pizza Hut MacDonalds KFC Mexican Chinese food and a very good BBQ place, some deliver to the hospital some don't.

BIGGEST PROBLEM. Cold water, need to bring your own and label it before placing in Ward kitchen fridge, same with milk both of which can be purchased from hospital shop if not brought from home. If your wife wants more than minimal tea or coffee she should take her own. Soft drinks and unhealthy snacks are available from the hospital shop and numerous dispensing machines in the hospital, small coinage change required.

VISITING TIMES. Displayed at entrance to ward and strictly enforced in areas of acute treatment. Best stick to the times shown until you know the lay of the land.

OVERALL EXPERIENCE. Good to Excellent.

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Post: #5   PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:50 am Reply with quote
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Could you get a private room if you pay extra?
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Post: #6   PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:44 am Reply with quote
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I don't believe there are private rooms at Nicosia General, or any other government hospital..

You can of course pay to go to a private hospital..

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Post: #7   PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:08 am Reply with quote
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Thankyou so much for all the information, really appreciate it. We feel more prepared now and not so nervous about her stay.
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Post: #8   PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:28 am Reply with quote
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jeba wrote:
Could you get a private room if you pay extra?


I'm sorry but I don't know about the paying extra for them but dual patient occupancy rooms, sometimes used for single patients exist in the cardiology wards.

My wife had a room to herself when first admitted to Nicosia General as the prognosis was not good, unfortunately she knew only to well what being placed in a room alone meant for a patient from her own working life experience.
Thanks to some really excellent emergency treatment she recovered sufficiently to be moved out of the single occupancy room and into a four patient room from where she underwent a whole series of exhausting checks and tests prior to major cardiac surgery. After surgery she spent six days in intensive care followed by almost another month in a two patient occupancy room.

So at a guess I would think that the use of a single patient occupancy room might be based more on medical need than on the ability or otherwise to pay.

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Post: #9   PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:47 am Reply with quote
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IJM wrote:
Thankyou so much for all the information, really appreciate it. We feel more prepared now and not so nervous about her stay.


Understandable that your wife and you might be nervous about her admittance to Nicosia General, be assured that not only are the medical staff and ancillary workers very good at their jobs they are by and large extremely pleasant people.
As our son, a UK and now a NZ & Australian hospital specialist physician observed, "If you were going to have a medical health problem then Nicosia would be one of the better places to have it".

+ Wifi connection is good throughout the hospital but do use headphones🎧

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